Three former Viking baseball players honored by MEC

Mark Martin

Recent honors handed out by the Mountain East Conference for the sport of baseball certainly had a touch of Ripley Viking royal blue and white.

Former standouts Christopher Jordan, Lane Casto and Tyler Haskins earned recognition by the NCAA Division II league.

Christopher Jordan earned All-Tournament honors at the Mountain East Conference Baseball Championship Tournament helping lead West Virginia State University to the title.

Jordan, a senior third baseman at West Virginia State University, made the All-Tournament team during the league’s championship event in Beckley.

The talented Jordan delivered 10 hits in six games for the Yellow Jackets, who battled out of the consolation bracket to earn the league’s tournament title and an automatic berth in the upcoming Division II Atlantic Regional in Charleston.

Jordan had at least one hit in state’s six games and collected two in four of those contests.

Prior to the MEC tournament, the league announced its All-Conference teams.

Haskins, a sophomore at Fairmont State University, was selected to the Second Team as a utility player.

Tyler Haskins, a sophomore at Fairmont State University and former Ripley Viking, garnered All-Mountain East Conference Second Team honors for his outstanding play for the Falcons in 2021.

For the season, he had 37 starts and hit .291. He collected 32 hits and scored 22 runs. He had five doubles, a triple and a home run while driving in 19. Haskins stole four bases on the year and turned in a fielding percentage of .981.

Casto played a big part in Alderson-Broaddus University earning a spot in the MEC’s tournament for the first time.

As solid third baseman, Casto earned Honorable Mention in the All-Conference balloting.

Former Viking Lane Casto, a senior third baseman at Alderson-Broaddus University, earned All-MEC Honorable Mention for his final campaign as a Battler.

He was first on the team in hits with 40 and second in stolen bases with seven for the season.

He started 35 games at third and had a fielding percentage of .742.

Casto had three hits in the MEC tournament, where the Battlers went 2-2.

He had two hits, including a double, in a 6-5 win over West Virginia state. A loss sending the Yellow Jackets into the consolation bracket where they fought their way back to take the title.